"Institutionalising the Critique of the Institutional Critique (Black Square, Kasimir Malevich, 1915)", Out of a Box 
With Fionn Kidney, Niamh Ó Beirne, Austin Ivers, Timothy Emlyn Jones, Sarah Lundy, Micheál Conlon, Eileen Hutton, Christopher Banahan, Lorraine Neeson and Nina Amazing.
126, Artist-run Gallery, Galway 
6 – 29 January 2011

Institutionalising the Critique of the Institutional Critique (Black Square, Kasimir Malevich, 1915) is a reproduction of the oft referenced icon of Suprematism. Malevich’s original was replicated, to scale, quickly with spray-paint directly onto the wall... and over a small store-bought 10”x10” canvas. The canvas was removed and exhibited nearby, leaving a mural and installation which detourns the original work, its imitations and the critique of them. All while literally ‘thinking outside a box’. The piece breaks apart the ‘institutions’ of critique and abstract painting, leaving them as mutually dependent and contingent, yet individually incomplete fragments.

jim ricks

The show's press release explains: “The term ‘out of the box’ is said to derive from a famous puzzle created by early 20th century British mathematician Henry Ernest Dudeney, in which someone is asked to interconnect nine dots in a three-by-three grid by using four straight lines drawn without the pencil leaving the paper. In order to be successful, the puzzle solver has to realize that the boundaries of the dot array are psychological. The only way to solve the puzzle is to extend the lines beyond the artificial boundary created by the nine dots..."